For two doctors, there’s no need to debate any longer: Krokodil is in the United States, and it’s a real threat.
After at least a year of suspicion and debate over whether a flesh-eating drug krokodil had actually made it into the United States, two doctors may have brought the debate closer than ever to the conclusion that it has arrived.
Dany Thekkemuriyil and Unnikrishnan Pillai, both physicians at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights, Mo., reported treating a patient in their emergency room in December 2012. The 30-year-old man revealed thighs where skin was rotting away and a hand with a missing finger, telling the doctors that he had been injecting himself with the synthesized version of heroin made from a cocktail of codeine, gasoline and several other chemicals. He said he had been using the designer drug eight months before seeking treatment.
“We saw that his…
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